Home Security System Trips for No Reason

Tips for Troubleshooting


December 4, 2020

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You’ve been savvy enough to invest in a quality home-alarm security system, but that doesn’t mean you want to hear it go off. Break-ins, home invasions, and fires are all among scenarios you are prepared for, but don’t want to experience as a homeowner. But sometimes that alarm system will sound regardless, even when you’re almost sure there’s no emergency.

In case that happens, it’s good to have a plan in place. Here’s a little advice to help you troubleshoot home security system issues.

Step 1: Don’t automatically assume there’s no threat

Your home alarm just tripped, and there’s no stranger standing in your living room. There’s no broken glass on your kitchen floor, and none of your doors are standing open. It’s probably safe to assume a technical glitch, right?

Not necessarily. Even if you’re almost certain there’s no fire or burglar present, you should never turn off a tripped alarm until you’ve confirmed your home is secure. It’s not unusual for intruders to trip your alarm on purpose, enter your home, then wait until you’ve deactivated the system or called off the alarm company before making their presence known.

Step 2: Track down the source of the problem

Not sure what generated the false alarm? Talk with your alarm company. They should be able to tell you exactly which area of your home tripped the alarm. Was it the kitchen door, the bathroom window, or the garage entrance?

Once you know where the problem lies, it’s easy enough to do a quick inspection to determine what set off the alarm. It could be as simple as your pet triggering a motion sensor, or an item falling off a shelf and setting off a glassbreak alert.

Step 3: Talk with your home security installation expert

Once you’ve confirmed your alarm went off without being triggered by a real threat, it’s time to contact a senior security consultant for troubleshooting advice on how to prevent future false alarms.

Keeping your property protected

Installing a comprehensive home alarm system is an essential part of keeping your family and belongings safe, but there are other steps you can take to discourage intruders.

Other ways to protect yourself and your property include:

  • Cutting back shrubs and vegetation that border doors, windows, and walkways.

  • Getting a large dog that looks and sounds imposing.

  • Keeping a light on in the house when you’re not home and keeping a car parked in the driveway.

Use these tips to help keep your home safe. When you’re ready to have a monitored home security system installed or if you’re interested in upgrading the security system you currently have, contact Brinks Home™ for a free quote.

Allison Clark is a senior writer for Brinks Home. She enjoys educating others on the benefits of smart home security and using technology to simplify everyday life.

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